The 50-Year Question


“I have a question…”


“You haven’t even heard my question.”

“It’s always the same one, you know the answer.”

“I shouldn’t have to ask…and wouldn’t, if you were more expressive.”

At the stoplight, his rheumy eyes spoke impatience, frustration, yet his voice was gentle:  “Fifty years ago I asked you to marry me…I’m sure I said ‘I love you’, and I haven’t changed my mind—you fell in love with a quiet guy…now, do you want to eat at the Chinese place, or Pancake House?”

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.


26 thoughts on “The 50-Year Question

  1. I am sure there are people like that, but I’m so glad I’m not one of them. I love to tell my love I love her.

    Great post.


  2. This made me smile as I know well not everyone is an “I love you” person. They “speak” their love through actions. After all, actions speak louder than words 😀

    P.S. But it sure is nice hearing it once in a while!


  3. This brought a smile to my face as I thought of my late husband. He was such a sweet guy, but didn’t say much. I know he loved me and it took nearly 20 years of marriage to get him to understand you can’t say “I love you” enough. I’m certainly glad he learned it before passing.


  4. Some say it in actions, some in words, and some both. Learning to communicate in a way that is meaningful to the other is helpful, as is being able to accept and understand why a person is the way they are. Some changes happen quickly while others may take a lifetime and require a desire to change.
    Great SSS!


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